BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Nutrition and Foods
Degree Program Description
The emphasis in Nutrition and Foods prepares students to integrate and apply the principles of the biomedical sciences and food and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods is a five- year BS-MS program. Nutrition and Foods is the first step to acceptance into the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at the University of Missouri has a rich tradition. Established in 1972, it is the only coordinated program in the state of Missouri and is among the oldest accredited coordinated programs in the United States. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is approved for accreditation through 2024.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics prepares students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RD/N). RDNs specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, business and industry, private practice, and public health clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Registered Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam). The four-year pass rate for first-time test takers is 98%.
During the first two years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education. This is followed by a three year course of study devoted to professional courses and supervised practice (fieldwork). The Dietetics program is a five year program where students complete:
- A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Foods)
- A Master of Science (Dietetics)
- All supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to meet the requirements to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam)
- A verification statement providing proof of completion will be provided after the graduate degree is awarded
Major Program Requirements
This is a professional and competitive program that requires acceptance to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics to complete the degree. Admission is limited to a maximum of 20 students per year. Students who successfully complete prerequisites, have been admitted to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and complete all university and College of Human Environmental Sciences requirements, including general education in addition to the degree requirements listed below will earn their degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods.
The completion of this bachelor's degree only does not allow the student to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Furthermore, it is not a didactic program in dietetics. No verification state is given after completion of only the bachelor's degree. Students who receive this degree emphasis, are in good academic standing and meet program requirements will transition seamlessly to the Coordinated Program's fifth year master's program.
- Students must have applied and be admitted to the University of Missouri
- A CUM GPA of 3.2 or higher is required to apply (MU and transfer courses will be considered)
- Completed or enrolled in courses listed on the 1st 4 semesters of the sample plan
- Completed or enrolled in NEP 2340 and BIOCHM 3630 (or approved equivalent course) at time of application. Grade of B- or higher is required or slot may be forfeited
- If admitted, student must successfully pass all background checks, drug screening, and required health records prior to start of program
- Submit an application (due in January), required application materials are posted each year on the department's webpage.
- Participate in an interview with admissions committee
Emphasis Core Requirements
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
& CHEM 2130
|Survey of Organic Chemistry|
and Organic Laboratory I
|BIOCHM 3630||General Biochemistry||3|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|HLTH_SCI 1000||Introduction to the Health Professions||3|
|NEP 1995||Nutritional Food Science||3|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|NEP 2340||Human Nutrition I||3|
|NEP 2380||Diet Therapy for Health Professionals||3|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|H_D_FS 1600||Foundations of Family Science||3|
|or H_D_FS 1610||Intimate Relationships and Marriage|
|FINPLN 2183||Personal and Family Finance||3|
|Area of Competence|
|ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics||3|
|F_S 4310||Food Chemistry and Analysis||4|
|MANGMT 3000||Principles of Management||3|
|MPP 4204||Medical Pharmacology||5|
|PTH_AS 2201||Human Anatomy Lecture||3|
|NEP 2450||Nutrition Throughout the Life Span||3|
|NEP 3290||Food Service I: Supervised Practice Experience||1|
|NEP 3360||Nutritional Assessment Supervised Practice Experience||2|
|NEP 3370||Nutrition Therapy I: Supervised Practice Experience||3|
|NEP 3390||Teaching and Counseling Techniques in Nutrition||2|
|NEP 3400||Teaching & Counseling Techniques in Nutr. Supervised Practice Exp||1|
|NEP 3590||Community Nutrition Supervised Practice Experience||1|
|NEP 4290||Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp||2|
|NEP 4280||Food Service Management||3|
|NEP 4340||Human Nutrition II Lecture||3|
|NEP 4360||Nutritional Assessment||3|
|NEP 4370||Nutrition Therapy I||3|
|NEP 4590||Community Nutrition||3|
|NEP 4950||Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences||2|
|NEP 4951||Nutrition Research Communication||1|
|NEP 8340||Nutrition in Human Health||3|
|Select 2 supporting electives from the list of approved courses on your degree sheet||6|
|Humanities (Writing Intensive)||3|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
Note: Changes in course requirements may occur, as the program is required to meet accreditation standards.
|GN_HES 1100||1||CHEM 1320||4|
|HES Foundation Course (recommend H_D_FS 1600 or H_D_FS 1610)||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||HLTH_SCI 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 1020||5||Humanities (PHIL 1150 or PHIL 2440 recommended)||3|
|MATH 1100||3||HIST or POL_SC course||3|
|CHEM 2030||3||BIOCHM 3630||3||NEP 1995 (optional)||3|
|CHEM 2130||2||CDS 2190||3|
|MPP 3202||5||COMMUN 1200||3|
|NEP 2380||3||NEP 1995||3|
|HES Foundation Course (FINPLN 2183 is recommended)||NEP 2340||3|
|F_S 4310||4||MANGMT 3000||3||NEP 3400||1|
|NEP 3360||2||NEP 2450||3||NEP 3590||1|
|NEP 4340||3||NEP 3290||1||ESC_PS 4170||3|
|NEP 4360||3||NEP 3390||2|
|NEP 4590||3||NEP 4280||3|
|MPP 4204||5||PTH_AS 2201||3|
|NEP 4290||2||NEP 3370||3|
|NEP 4950||2||NEP 4370||3|
|Humanities (WI)||NEP 4951||1|
|Supporting Elective||3||NEP 8340||3|
|ESC_PS 7200||3||Professional Development (NEP 7390 course effective Spring 2019)||1|
|HMI 7430||3||Medical Nutrition Therapy III (NEP 8380 course proposal pending)||2|
|NEP 7380||3||Practice of Dietetics course (NEP 8975 course proposal pending)||10|
|Total Credits: 149|
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